Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s summer sanctuary home for Archie and Lilibet
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle currently reside in Montecito with their young children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, and their sprawling estate is like a holiday home for summer.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s property has many incredible features that make it akin to a hotel or holiday village, and it will be a total haven for them to have a private, idyllic summer together as a family.
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First up, there’s the large family pool outside that’s lined with sun loungers – if that doesn’t say holiday park, we don’t know what does!
The rest of the outdoor space is also a huge highlight of the property as it spans a whopping 7.38 and includes a variety of flora and fauna. We’ve seen its immaculate flower beds and sweet vegetable patch in glimpses shown off in their Netflix documentary.
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The Duchess has previously revealed they fell in love with the property at first sight. “We did everything we could to get this house,” Meghan told The Cut. “Because you walk in and go… Joy. And exhale. And calm. It’s healing. You feel free.” It was also two trees on site that won them over. “One of the first things my husband saw when we walked around the house was those two palm trees,” Meghan revealed. “See how they’re connected at the bottom? He goes, ‘My love, it’s us.’ And now every day when Archie goes by us, he says, ‘Hi, Momma. Hi, Papa’.”
The children are no doubt occupied by the large playpark in the garden. Photographs taken from former listings of the grand home show that it comprises two slides, a climbing frame, a tightrope, a helter skelter, and two types of climbing wall.
Their property is stunning inside and out
Inside, the family also has a movie theatre room and a games room, perfect for when the US sun gets too much outside.
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Reports say that there is also a separate guest house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which Harry and Meghan will no doubt use for other members of the family to stay over the summer period. Especially Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, who lives a two-hour drive away in Los Angeles.
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In Harry’s book Spare he touched on how the couple paid for the mansion, writing: “So we pulled together a down-payment, took out a mortgage and in July 2020 we moved in.”
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But there was a chance that the royals may never have bought this dream house because they almost didn’t go and view it.’
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Speaking to The Cut, Meghan explained: “We didn’t have jobs, so we just were not going to come and see this house. It wasn’t possible. It’s like when I was younger and you’re window shopping — it’s like, I don’t want to go and look at all the things that I can’t afford. That doesn’t feel good.”
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The Sussex’s games roomThe beautiful sunset at Harry and Meghan’s home© GiggsterThe family’s kitchen is so rustic
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s personal property portfolio
In a dramatic shake-up of the royal properties, the palace has revealed that Harry and Meghan have been requested to vacate their English home, Frogmore Cottage, as King Charles III begins his revaluation of the royal residences.
With his ascension to the throne, the king became the landlord of several royal residences up and down the UK and, after deciding against moving to Buckingham Palace he is continuing to change up the royal rota – with Prince Andrew rumored to be the next resident of Frogmore, according to royal correspondents in England.
As Harry and Meghan continue to sever ties with the UK after Harry’s controversial tell-all book, we take a look at the couples’ remaining residences.
Harry and Meghan asked to leave Frogmore cottage
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Despite having stated that Frogmore cottage would remain their base for visits to family in the UK, the contentious couple has been asked to relinquish the keys to the property in a move that royal experts claim could be the final straw in breaking ties between the two families.
Having stepped down as serving royals in 2020, the couple has been living in various states across the US with the cottage loaned to Harry’s cousin Eugenie and her husband in time for their first child’s arrival – so it is safe to say that they will not be rushing to move much furniture out of the home in the next few weeks despite having paid for the renovations themselves in full after stepping down from the royal front-line.
Having requested a Windsor suite before being ‘downgraded’ to Frogmore cottage, it is likely to be seen as another slight towards the couple and a final driver in the rift between father and son.
Harry and Meghan’s property portfolio
So where will the couple live now that Frogmore may be out of reach? Luckily for the pair and their two children, they have resided in several private luxury homes over the last three years that would leave even a royal jealous.
The Cotswold farmhouse
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Signed as a two-year rental, a quiet Cotswold farmhouse was the first property the couple signed on together just before their $45 million wedding in 2018.
The Grade II-listed home is situated on the same 4,000-acre estate as the Beckham’s Cotswold estate in Great Tew. The three-bedroom cottage is complete with a lavish barn-conversion guest house that has been host to the couple’s celebrity friends such as Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, and George and Amal Clooney. The main home boasts a large dining room and outdoor heated patio – perfect for hosting, and three luxury bedrooms with the fourth transformed into a splendid dressing room and walk-in closet.
The couple had to leave their idyllic home in Oxfordshire after paparazzi located the property, Harry shared in the Netflix documentary. Given the home’s important role in the couple’s early life together and the first months of their son’s Archies life, the move must not have been an easy one. Their departure from the home marked their last full-time residence within the UK.
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Following their departure from the UK, Harry and Meghan Markle moved to Canada to Vancouver Island. Thought to afford the couple some privacy, the waterfront property was a part of the couple’s plan to step back from the limelight and has been the center of controversy for the last year after it was revealed to be owned by a Russian Oligarch.
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Far grander than their comparatively modest English cottage, the main house (affectionately called Millie Fleurs) sported eight bathrooms, five bedrooms, and a smaller three-bedroom guest house. Other highlights are thought to be a double-height living room, pizza oven, and wine-tasting space. The spot became a space for the couple to raise Archie with gated security.
The five-bedroom home became more of an extended holiday spot for the couple after they were forced to leave by invasive paparazzi and fears surrounding security once again in 2020.
Harry and Meghan’s California home
The LA rental became a hide-out for the couple in 2020 after leaving Canada and losing the security afforded to full-time working royals. The home, owned by actor Tyler Perry, was loaned to the couple alongside a security detail, Meghan revealed in the explosive 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey. The space ‘gave [the couple] breathing room to try and figure out what [they] were going to do’, Meghan Markel revealed.
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Located in the gated Beverly Ridge Estates, the home was featured in the couple’s Netflix documentary. Set over 24,500 square feet the home features high, double-height vaulted ceilings, marble plinth and archway features, and luxurious lighting ideas with perfect layering and crystal chandeliers. The star of the show is the roman bath-style bathroom, a grand take on spa bathroom trends.
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The home also boasts impressive views across Franklin Canyon Park, however, the couple installed tall privacy screens at the beginning of the pandemic to protect their son from paparazzi on the nearby hiking trail. While Meghan Markle formerly owned an LA house before meeting Harry, it is thought that the Hollywood glamor did not sit right with the prince, ushering the pair and their child along to their next, and as of present, final property.
The Montecito estate
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The Montecito estate has been the longest residence of the couple, after moving there in late 2020. The building is a ‘humble cottage’ in comparison to other properties in the area – all of which are among some of the world’s best homes, owned by celebrities along the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande, and Oprah Winfrey’s historic home.
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The home was seen throughout the Netflix documentary, with impressive glimpses into Meghan Markels calming neutral home office and personal glances into the birth of her second child, Lilibet – named after the late queen before her death.
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The impressive gardens surrounding the Montecito Estate cover 7.38 acres and offer superb garden landscaping ideas with abundant trees to encourage rewilding, and therapeutic flowers designed to act as an escape for the couple.
It is believed that the family is considering selling their Montecito estate, however, over fears surrounding a rise in thefts in the star-studded area. It is not yet known if they have departed the property, or where they will be moving to next.
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Who owns Frogmore Cottage now?
Frogmore Cottage is a royal residence, meaning it is owned by the reigning monarch as part of the royal estate. Despite this, it is usually loaned out to family members such as to Harry and Meghan Markle in 2019, and then briefly to Princess Eugenie before she was given the keys to Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Where do Harry and Meghan get their money now?
Now they are not a part of the royal family, Harry and Meghan largely make their money from commercial arrangements, personal wealth, and royalties from publications and Meghan’s acting stints.
Meghan Markle leaves Prince Harry at home for social parties
The 41-year-old Duchess of Sussex regularly visits elite establishments in Los Angeles. Meghan Markle has exchanged boring evenings with Prince Harry for communication with Hollywood stars.
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The former American actress enjoys the status her marriage to the British monarch has given her. Meghan stayed at home after giving birth to two children, now she sends out ‘desperate messages’ to friends asking them to ‘hang out’.
According to society journalist Petronella Wyatt, the Duchess of Sussex was regularly seen walking without her husband in the City of Angels. “My friends who live near them are constantly bumping into Megan at parties in Los Angeles these days. She usually leaves Harry at home,” Petronella said.
Hollywood TV presenter Tim Dillon called the disgraced royal couple the stars of a reality show. He stated that the former royal is trying her best to take her place in Hollywood, moving closer to the stars. “All she wants to do is hang out with celebrities. I was at a party last night and I was talking to someone who knows them. Megan wrote to him and she does it all the time. The point is, these two just can’t be stopped. They are like low-profile reality TV stars trying to get attached to the stars. They show me messages from this woman begging people to hang out,” Tim said.
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At the same time, the showman said that Megan’s tricks do not work, most Hollywood celebrities laugh at her and call the situation sad. “I respect the fuss, I understand what they are trying to do. Many people at the party said they didn’t answer her. They understand that Meghan is a duchess, but enough is enough, ”Dillon was quoted by The Sun.
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Meghan Markle and other stars who hide their real names
In Suits, Meghan Markle’s character is called Rachel Zane. Interestingly, the future wife of Prince Harry did not have to get used to the new name, because her first name sounds exactly the same. Yes, yes, at birth, the girl was named Rachel Meghan Markle, and with age, she preferred the middle name.
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Yesterday, by the way, it became known that the former American actress and British prince will no longer give interviews, write memoirs and release documentaries for Netflix. This happened due to the negative reaction to their projects. An insider said the Dukes of Sussex had run out of material after a series of explosive confessions.
It was also revealed that Harry and his older brother, Prince William, secretly arranged meetings with Princess Diana’s former butler before Harry’s wedding. According to an insider, the brothers felt that Paul Burrell would be able to bring “clarity” to some aspects of their mother’s life.
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Police arrested a stalker for trying to break into the house of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in California
. Shortly before this, in New York, the Sussexes were pursued by paparazzi0002 Police arrest stalker for attempting to break into Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s home in California A man who broke into their house was arrested. According to TMZ, 29-year-old Kevin Garcia Valdovinos tried to break into the couple’s home around 2 a.m. local time.
Who called the police and who was in the mansion at that time is unknown (the couple has two small children – son Archie and daughter Lilibet). As soon as the police arrived, the stalker was arrested for stalking. But soon the man was released on bail of $2,500. The publication adds that the charge was later changed from “persecution” to “attempted theft.” The investigation continues. It is reported that Valdovinos committed such a crime is not the first time.
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A similar incident occurred in 2020, shortly after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved to the US. On Christmas Eve, a certain Nicholas Brooks tried to break into the house. He was released with a warning, but a few days later he again attempted a break-in.
The day before, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the Women of Vision Awards in New York, where the Duchess of Sussex received the award for “global advocacy and advocacy for women and girls. ” As it became known almost simultaneously with the news about the break-in of their house, the car with the couple and Megan’s mother Doria Ragland was pursued by the paparazzi, which “almost led to a disaster” and turned into the threat of several accidents, the couple’s representative said.
According to SkyNews, the chase lasted two hours. At least six cars were chasing the car. During the pursuit, they repeatedly violated traffic rules: they drove along the sidewalks and drove through intersections at red lights. At least one driver was talking on the phone while driving and another was trying to take pictures from behind the wheel. The BBC notes that a spokesperson for the couple asked the media to refrain from replicating pictures taken during the chase to discourage the practice.
Friend of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, journalist and author of their biography Harry and Meghan. Finding Freedom: Harry and Megan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family Omid Scobie expressed regret that the royal family did not express sympathy for the “almost disastrous car chase.